Untreated Hearing Loss Contributes to Dementia

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Ascent Audiology, in Fairhope and Foley, is offering free hearing aid cleanings and consultations to educate patients on the relationship between hearing health and dementia.

A recent study by researchers at Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC) found a direct correlation between improved cognitive function and hearing aid use in older adults with hearing loss. “Our study suggests that using a hearing aid may offer a simple, yet important, way to prevent or slow the development of dementia by keeping adults with hearing loss engaged in conversation and communication,” says Dr. Anil K. Lalwani, M.D., professor at CUMC. This leads to overall better mental astuteness, quality of life and less likelihood of social isolation, which fuels dementia in many individuals.

Medical research presented by Dr. Frank Link at the annual American Association for the Advancement of Science meeting has found that hearing loss contributes to dementia and mental decline, estimating that as much as 36 percent of dementia risk can be attributed to hearing loss. His 2013 study suggests that hearing loss is linked to a 30 to 40 percent greater risk of cognitive decline in people with hearing loss versus those without.

 

For more information, call 251-990-0535 (Fairhope) or 251-517-4237 (Foley), or visit AscentAudiologyFairhope.com. See ad, page 19.